Speed skating at the 1956 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres
at the VII Olympic Winter Games
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|Venue||Lake Misurina, Cortina d'Ampezzo|
|Competitors||47 from 17 nations|
|Speed skating at the
1956 Winter Olympics
The 500 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1956 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on naturally frozen ice on the Lake Misurina. It was held on Saturday, 28 January 1956, and started at noon and ended at 1:15 PM.
Forty-seven speed skaters from 17 nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1956 Winter Olympics.
|World record||40.2(*)||Yevgeny Grishin||Cortina d'Ampezzo/Lake Misurina (ITA)||22 January 1956|
|Olympic record||43.1||Finn Helgesen||St. Moritz (SUI)||31 January 1948|
(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.
Yevgeny Grishin equalizied his own world record.
Yevgeny Grishin set a new world record only six days before this event on the same venue. He equalizied his world record time and won the gold medal.
- Official Olympic Report
- "Results of the 1956 Olympic Games 500 meters Men". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012.